- This rare rehearsal photo of episode 1 shows the actors’ long, crisscrossing pipes and their tight semi-circular grouping around the table. The Mayor (Starkovsky, right) stands clutching his heart while Doctor Hubner (Temerin) tends to him. In Mikhail Korenev’s documentation of a rehearsal for this scene, Meyerhold instructed the actor playing the doctor to punctuate the Mayor’s speech by insistently feeding him teaspoons of water.*
See book: 81, 82; figure 19
*See Vsevolod Meyerhold, Meyerhold on Theatre, trans. and ed. Edward Braun (London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 1998), 223.